Spacious rooms with modern decor and comfortable beds
Attractive bathrooms with robes and Temple Spa toiletries
Central location near all major attractions
Wall art featuring Central St. Martin's students adds an alternative touch to this chain hotel
Two on-site restaurants
Some rooms do not have windows that open
Complaints of spotty Wi-Fi
With its corporate identity and awkward placement in London's financial district, the upscale Crowne Plaza London is a good fit for business travelers. But its chic modern rooms, proximity to popular sites, and unique perks -- such as a special "sleep packet" curated by a New York doctor to aid in a good-night's sleep -- make for a good value stay for leisure travelers, too.
An odd mix of modern and traditional style elements seemingly meant to attract both tourists and business travelers
This moderate-size chain hotel is a slightly confusing mix of traditional and edgy. It caters mostly to business guests on account of its location, and the glassy, sky-high central elevator halls in the main lobby evokes financial institutions worldwide. But a rebranding scheme seems to aim at attracting a younger, more hip tourist crowd, made evident by the stylish contemporary decor with metal sculptures with light elements and silver tufted ottomans. It's well suited to stylish business travelers as well as tourists who don't mind the corporate locale.
Just opposite Blackfriars station, on the west border of London's financial district where everything is closed during nights and weekends, but within easy reach of all major tourist attractions and local scenes
A casual stroll down New Bridge Street will tell you all you need to know about the area -- London’s financial district (dubbed "the City" by Londoners) caters almost strictly to businessmen and businesswomen, which means that, rather unfortunately, the immediate area doesn't host the greatest dining scene or nightlife. Within a short walk, however, you're right on the lovely river Thames and within easy reach of many of London's best cultural and art hubs, including the Tate Modern, the South Bank, and the British Film Institute.
The Blackfairs tube rail station across the street reopened after several months of construction, making commutes back to the hotel much easier. The Plaza is also within walking distance of several other stations.
37-minute drive to Heathrow Airport
2-minute walk to the river Thames
10-minute walk to St. Paul’s cathedral
10-minute walk to the Tate Modern
15-minute walk to the South Bank
15-minute walk to the West end theatre district
15-minute tube ride to London Bridge
15-minute tube ride to Westminster Abbey and Big Ben
Moderately sized with individualistic touches deviating from chain standards
Room decor features a distinctive touch, with quilted leather headboards, a youthful color scheme, and conceptual wall pieces by Central St. Martins' star students -- although some feature dull views and windows that don't open. Bathrooms are modern and upscale, but perhaps a bit bland in comparison.
Modern glass-door shower/tub combos
Flat-screen TVs and CD players
Coffeemakers and minibars
Egyptian cotton sheets and terry cloth bathrobes
Request a room in the Quiet Zone if you are sensitive to noise
Sleep Advantage rooms include a spot in the Quiet Zone, an upgraded bed, aromatherapy products, and a wake-up call
Upgrade to the Club Room for a Bose iPod dock, free breakfast, dinner snacks, drinks, morning newspaper, turndown service, and meeting rooms access